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Stitch up: the new Exoceat competition harness from Ozone

Stitch up: the new Exoceat competition harness from Ozone

Ozone’s new Exoceat harness has been released. The harness is for serious XC and competition pilots and is a heavyweight package – it weighs in at 10kg and includes a twin “never seen before” ‘bomb bay’ reserve deployment system. Ozone’s Fred Pieri explains how to stitch up your Exoceat the right way. • Got news? Send […]





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Stefan Bernhard wins Ozone Chabre Open 2014

Stefan Bernhard wins Ozone Chabre Open 2014

Stefan Bernhard (DE) won the Ozone Chabre Open 2014, which was held in Laragne, France from 28 June to 4 July. He won all three tasks, beating UK pilot Pete Chalmers into second place. Mark Graham (GB) was third. In the Women’s class Switzerland’s Catherine Bartholdi came first flying an Ozone Alpina 2. Anna Hadders […]





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Icaro Maverick 3: EN C paraglider

Icaro Maverick 3: EN C paraglider

New from Icaro, is the EN C Maverick 3. Designed using new software it has a whole new profile, line geometry and tension compared to the Maverick 2. The three-liner Maverick 3 now sports trailing edge and nose rods and a lighter construction, because “a lighter glider is also a more agile glider”. The team […]





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Luc Armant flies 463km in Texas

Luc Armant flies 463km in Texas

Luc Armant flew 463km in Texas last week, on 2 July 2014 – the second longest paraglider flight ever flown. He was flying as part of an Ozone Team record encampment. Towing out of Hebronville in the south of the state the pilots had hoped to break the open distance world record of 502km. Poor weather […]





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Annecy Mondial 2014: Final results

Annecy Mondial 2014: Final results

Richard Sheppard reports from France on the final results from the Annecy Mondial 2014 The final results are in for the Annecy Mondial Delta 2014, the multiclass Hang Gliding World Championships. After the competition’s tragic turn of events with the death of Japanese class 5 pilot, Mazakazu Kobayashi, the atmosphere at the competition was subdued. […]





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Tragedy as Mazakazu Koayashi dies in Annecy Mondial 2014 accident

Tragedy as Mazakazu Koayashi dies in Annecy Mondial 2014 accident

The Multiclass Hang-Gliding World Championships in Annecy, France ended in tragedy yesterday when a pilot flying an Atos VR died during a task. Japanese pilot Mazakazu Koayashi, 44, was reported to be flying close to a cliff face in smooth conditions when the accident happened. Organisers announced the death on the official website saying that […]





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Red Bull X-Alps 2015: Applications open 1 July 2014

Red Bull X-Alps 2015: Applications open 1 July 2014

Are you tough enough? The Red Bull X-Alps 2015 is getting ready to open its doors to applications from around the world. Applications to take part in the “world’s toughest adventure race” can be made via the official website, www.redbullxalps.com from July 1st until August 31st 2014. Organisers released their very first press release of […]





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Annecy Mondial 2014: 21 June – 5 July 2014

Annecy Mondial 2014: 21 June – 5 July 2014

The Multiclass Hang Gliding World Championships’ official trailer, which clearly shows the different classes of hang glider in the competition The Multiclass FAI World Hang Gliding Championships is taking over the skies above Annecy in France from 21 June to 5 July 2014. The UK’s Richard Sheppard explains what it’s all about and who are […]





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Sky Country announce new EN B Scooter

Sky Country announce new EN B Scooter

Ukrainian manufacturer Sky Country have unveiled a new top-end EN B wing, the Scooter, aimed at pilots with at least 60 hours’ airtime. The Scooter is a  three-liner with an aspect ratio of 5.8, and the technologies that have become the norm in a modern wing: plastic rod-reinforced leading edge, rigid foils, and unsheathed lines […]





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Sup’Air Start rescue parachute

Sup’Air Start rescue parachute

Sup’Air’s Start rescue parachute is a “simple and well-designed reserve parachute, which is easy to pack and extremely stable in descent”. EN 12491 and LTF 3503 certified, it is available in three sizes: M (1,750g)  for loads up to 100kg L (2,150g) for up to 125kg Start Bi (3,650g) for up to 215kg. www.supair.com • Got […]





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Antoine Girard wins the Airtour for the second time

Antoine Girard wins the Airtour for the second time

Antoine Girard arrived on top of the Dent de Crolles above St Hilaire du Touvet in France early in the morning on 20 June, to win the fourth Airtour. Despite a northerly wind he managed to fly down to the landing zone to finish in style. The hike-and fly competition started at the take-off at […]





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Apco Karma Evo: All sizes now certified EN A

Apco Karma Evo: All sizes now certified EN A

Apco have announced that all sizes of their EN A beginner / intermediate paraglider, the Karma Evo, are now certified and on sale. The wing is intended for both free-flight and paramotoring, and the range comprises four sizes, for all-up weights from 55-130kg for free-flight, and 70-145kg for powered paragliding. www.apcoaviation.com • Got news? Send it […]





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Col de Bleyne, France: site reopened!

Col de Bleyne, France: site reopened!

Pilots in the south of France are celebrating getting their beloved Col de Bleyne back as a free-flying site, as EDF abandon plans to erect windmills along the ridge. Arguably one of the best sites in the south of France, and starting point for several record flights, Col de Bleyne has been officially closed to […]





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Burki Martens claims European gain of height record

Burki Martens claims European gain of height record

Burkhard Martens has claimed a new European paragliding record for gain of height. He gained 3,478m on the 10 June 2014, flying from Brauneck in Germany. He was flying a Skywalk Chili 3. The record claim is here. Burki Martens is well known as the author of the free-flight textbooks Cross Country Flying and Thermal […]





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Chris Friedl claims two Atos world records

Chris Friedl claims two Atos world records

Atos pilot Christopher Friedl has claimed two new hang gliding world records. Both come from a mega flight he completed on 7 June where he flew a big circuit from Bischling in Austria. The first is for a 407.9km out-and-return and the second is for a 477.2km Free distance using up to three turn points. […]





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U-Turn Thriller X4: competition acro wing

U-Turn Thriller X4: competition acro wing

U-Turn have just launched the Thriller X4, a “completely redesigned” acro wing for professional acro pilots. A very dynamic wing yet with remarkably gentle feedback, U-Turn say the Thriller X4 is excellent for tricky tricks and transitions. They’ve given the wing calm vertical spin characteristics to make it easier to heli, kept the Pressure Balance Valves […]





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Chamonix Photo Exhibition: High Mountain Paragliding

Chamonix Photo Exhibition: High Mountain Paragliding

French paragliding photographers Jérôme Maupoint and Olivier Laugero are holding a joint photo exhibition in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, entitled ‘Les Passagers du Vent’, showcasing high-mountain paragliding photographs taken in the Mont Blanc region and the Himalaya. With contributions from Greg Blondeau and words from Philippe Nodet, the collection of around 30 photographs is well worth a visit […]





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Joerg Ewald takes over at Flytec

Joerg Ewald takes over at Flytec

Well known competition paraglider pilot Jörg Ewald has taken over the reins at Flytec. Flytec announced the move in a statement published on their website. Flytec’s founder, Peter Joder, and manager, Lorenz Camenzind, said the time had come for a “new generation” to take over. They said: After 31 years, the time has come to […]





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LK8000 Tactical Flight Computer: V5.0 out

LK8000 Tactical Flight Computer: V5.0 out

Version 5.0 of the LK8000 Tactical Flight Computer software is now available to download for free from LK8000′s website What’s new? In short: HSI & VSI Conical ESS Multiselect Task Revert Bluetooth support GPX file format Gear warning The video below shows that you can use a mini bluetooth keyboard as a remote control unit […]





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Records tumble over big weekend in the Alps

Records tumble over big weekend in the Alps

  Austrian Bernhard Pessl became the second person to fly a 300km FAI triangle on a paraglider with a 300.65km flight from Antholtz in Italy on Sunday 8 June. Bernhard’s big flight came swiftly on the heels of Thomas Walder’s groundbreaking 325km flight through the Austrian Alps the day before. Bernhard was flying a Nova […]





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